01 December 2021 21:23
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The system changeover from internal combustion engines to electric drivetrains is a massive step and accordingly requires vast expenditure. Safety, ride and living comfort have to be combined with economic aspects and all at the same standard you’ve come to expect of the three-pointed star. With the eActros series-production vehicle, we have already released our first fully electric heavy-duty truck. Thanks to its range of up to 400 kilometres on a single battery charge, it is pre-destined for use in heavy-duty short-radius distribution on short routes.
Turn the key and... nothing. Nothing but silence. And that’s a big difference compared to a truck with an internal combustion engine. Better still, it stays this way when driving – and even when driving at full load, the noise level in the cab is drastically lower. Drivers thus enjoy a more relaxed drive.
Even if you take all the precautions in the world, accidents happen. And no-one knows that more than the Mercedes‑Benz developers, which is why they gave the eActros its very own safety concept.
Experiments with electric drives were already carried out several decades ago. But one of the biggest hurdles concerning their practical implementation was always the high weight of the batteries used at the time.
Just a few years ago, it was still unimaginable, but today it’s already in series production: a heavy-duty truck powered by electricity instead of diesel. To charge the batteries of the eActros, a CCS Combo-2 type connector is required. Although this may sound like an exotic piece of equipment, it’s actually a commonly used standard, which means that the eActros can “refuel” during a journey. The charging station itself must be equipped for DC charging – but that is also a regularly used standard.
“A heavy-duty truck with an electric motor? I wonder how far that will get.” Probably a lot of people thought something like that. Initially with the test vehicles it was clear that up to 200 kilometres was quite realistic. But the series production truck can do a lot better: under favourable conditions it can manage up to 400 kilometres.
Regardless of the electric motor – when you sit down in an eActros you notice straight away: it's a Mercedes‑Benz. Multifunction steering wheel, multimedia cockpit interactive, MirrorCam, electronic parking brake … everything just like in the Actros with a combustion engine.
Photos: Daimler AG